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Another Obama mess!!!

Posted by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 4:51 PM
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http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-04-07-Stimulus-Housing_N.htm

 

Housing agencies faulted in audits to get $300M of stimulus
WASHINGTON — The federal government will soon send more than $300 million in stimulus funds to 61 housing agencies that have been repeatedly faulted by auditors for mishandling government aid, a USA TODAY review has found.

The money is part of a $4 billion effort to create jobs by fixing public housing projects that have fallen into disrepair. Recipients include housing authorities in 26 states that auditors have cited for problems ranging from poor bookkeeping to money that was spent improperly, according to the review of summaries the agencies must file with the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

The government has promised to closely monitor how the agencies spend the money. Still, some watchdog groups are concerned. "I think taxpayers are going to have to steel themselves to hear that a lot of this money has gone down the tubes," says Leslie Paige of Citizens Against Government Waste.

Congress gave the Obama administration permission to withhold stimulus aid from housing authorities that the Department of Housing and Urban Development lists as "troubled" because of factors such as poor maintenance and financial management. But HUD decided to release the money to these authorities because they "should have the opportunity to improve their housing," spokeswoman Donna White said.

Nationwide, about 175 housing authorities are on HUD's troubled list, including many of the 61 that had faced repeated criticism from auditors. "We're watching this extremely closely to ensure that this money gets spent in a responsible way," said Peter Grace, a special assistant to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.

The stimulus package more than doubled the $2.5 billion the federal government typically spends to maintain public housing each year. Housing agencies have a year to spend it. To speed work, the law lets them bypass some state and local purchasing rules, such as competitive bidding, says James Armstrong, an analyst with the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association.

USA TODAY reviewed OMB data summarizing thousands of audits completed since 2004 with help from Boston College business professor Elizabeth Keating, who studies audits. The review identified authorities receiving stimulus aid despite having been cited at least three times for problems managing federal money.

San Francisco Housing Authority director Henry Alvarez concedes his agency has had "serious challenges for many years," including missing records and bookkeeping errors. He says the authority plans to spend nearly $18 million in new aid "the right way" — such as fixing 300 vacant apartments.

The North Iowa Regional Housing Authority plans to use $209,000 to fix parking lots and sidewalks, director Deb Bullerman says. The authority's auditor has criticized it four times since 2005 for problems such as unauthorized checks and aid for recipients who may have been ineligible. Bullerman said the problems had been "taken care of."

Agencies under scrutiny

The 61 housing authorities that have been challenged over their handling of government funds in three or more audits signed since January 1, 2004:

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itssweetness
by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 4:52 PM

Um....yeah, ok.........

itssweetness

ToriBabe1221
by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 4:53 PM
... how is this another obama mess?


Fostersforbeer
by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 4:53 PM

whatever

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atlmom2
by Susie on Apr. 8, 2009 at 4:54 PM
Wasting taxpayers money, just like it states.
atlmom2
by Susie on Apr. 8, 2009 at 4:55 PM


Quoting Fostersforbeer:

whatever


Whatever, he is the Messiah, right?

Fostersforbeer
by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 4:55 PM

look around you.... we are wasting tax payers money all the time.. on stupid shit...

get over it.. its not your money once the government has it.. sorry to burst that bubble

Quoting atlmom2:

Wasting taxpayers money, just like it states.


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atlmom2
by Susie on Apr. 8, 2009 at 4:57 PM


Quoting Fostersforbeer:

look around you.... we are wasting tax payers money all the time.. on stupid shit...

get over it.. its not your money once the government has it.. sorry to burst that bubble

Quoting atlmom2:

Wasting taxpayers money, just like it states.

 

Sorry, we can't because the govt. sure takes a ton of my money every year.  Wish I could have a lot more say. 

Fostersforbeer
by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 5:00 PM

it sucks, but you cant..

at least you live in America... i hate when people bitch about  Obama.. if you dont like it... LEAVE...

go to mexico... you know? Stop bitching about something you cant change. its pointless.

and im sorry if i sound rude.. but i have been a SUPER bitch all day and dont know what is wrong with me.

Quoting atlmom2:

 

Quoting Fostersforbeer:

look around you.... we are wasting tax payers money all the time.. on stupid shit...

get over it.. its not your money once the government has it.. sorry to burst that bubble

Quoting atlmom2:

Wasting taxpayers money, just like it states.

 

Sorry, we can't because the govt. sure takes a ton of my money every year.  Wish I could have a lot more say. 


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atlmom2
by Susie on Apr. 8, 2009 at 5:03 PM

Sorry, but we can make change.  Make sure he isn't in office in 4 years.  Why is it because people could slam Bush to death, but Obama can do now wrong, but spend spend spend money we don't have. 

Quoting Fostersforbeer:

it sucks, but you cant..

at least you live in America... i hate when people bitch about  Obama.. if you dont like it... LEAVE...

go to mexico... you know? Stop bitching about something you cant change. its pointless.

and im sorry if i sound rude.. but i have been a SUPER bitch all day and dont know what is wrong with me.

Quoting atlmom2:

 

Quoting Fostersforbeer:

look around you.... we are wasting tax payers money all the time.. on stupid shit...

get over it.. its not your money once the government has it.. sorry to burst that bubble

Quoting atlmom2:

Wasting taxpayers money, just like it states.

 

Sorry, we can't because the govt. sure takes a ton of my money every year.  Wish I could have a lot more say. 

 

 

Remmie
by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Everyday it's something new!....

Here's to hoping our ousted Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich cuts a deal and takes some of these jerks down with him!...

And NO...I am not a Blago fan either!

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